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The Next Generation All Good Things come to an end...but not here.

View Poll Results: Which character do you prefer?
Beverly Crusher 132 64.71%
Katherine Pulaski 59 28.92%
no preference 13 6.37%
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Old September 18 2012, 05:54 AM   #136
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Re: Dr. Crusher or Pulaski

Crusher, easily, she was a much better and more interesting character all round
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Old November 6 2012, 05:10 AM   #137
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Re: Dr. Crusher or Pulaski

If the TNG films had not come out, I would have voted for Crusher because she had good chemistry with the crew and was pleasant to watch. I would rate them as equally capable physicians. I am also not stating that muldaur is unattractive and am not comparing the actresses physically. But after seeing the films (especially FC) I imagined being an average ensign expendable under the command of Captain Ahab Picard. One of the overlooked duties of a CMO is that they are the only authorized person who could relieve a starship captain who becomes unfit for command. Her relationship with Picard clouded her judgment. She herself went all gung-ho to kill the Borg when even Worf knew their strategy was futile. I believe that Pulaski would have stood up to Picard.

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Old November 6 2012, 05:28 AM   #138
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Re: Dr. Crusher or Pulaski

I don't even know why I'm replying in this thread, but here's my take. First off, the "Hotness" factor. It is manifestly unfair to compare two women at different age brackets, almost always to the older of the pair. Without going to IMDB and checking birthdates (which are probably wrong anyway), I will say that I've seen Ms. Muldaur looking very hot, check out McCloud reruns and you'll see what I'm talking about. While Ms. McFadden isn't a classic beauty, she did have a knockout figure which was only accentuated by the TNG uniform.

Edge: Crusher.

As regard to the characters, Doctor Crusher brought a great deal of compassion to the job and seemed to genuinely care for her patients as people (assuming that they were people, that is), whereas Pulaski seem more the kind of Doctor who hates losing a patient because she hates to lose period.

Again, edge: Crusher.
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Old November 6 2012, 08:28 AM   #139
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Re: Dr. Crusher or Pulaski

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I don't even know why I'm replying in this thread, but here's my take. First off, the "Hotness" factor. It is manifestly unfair to compare two women at different age brackets, almost always to the older of the pair. Without going to IMDB and checking birthdates (which are probably wrong anyway), I will say that I've seen Ms. Muldaur looking very hot, check out McCloud reruns and you'll see what I'm talking about. While Ms. McFadden isn't a classic beauty, she did have a knockout figure which was only accentuated by the TNG uniform.

Edge: Crusher.

As regard to the characters, Doctor Crusher brought a great deal of compassion to the job and seemed to genuinely care for her patients as people (assuming that they were people, that is), whereas Pulaski seem more the kind of Doctor who hates losing a patient because she hates to lose period.

Again, edge: Crusher.

Let me clarify that I was not comparing the two actresses physically and did not pick one over the other based on that fact. As you have observed McFadden as having a knockout figure; my statement was of a similar nature. I have seen Muldaur's appearances when she was younger as well and have nothing negative to state. I also agree it would not be fair to compare two women in different age brackets. In regards to Pulaski, I believe that there was room for character growth. She was interesting to watch. I believe Crusher would have made a better commanding officer than Pulaski. In regards to the CMO being a failsafe for an unstable captain, Crusher failed miserably in FC. If it wasn't for Lily doing Crusher's job, they would have all been assimilated.
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Old November 6 2012, 10:33 AM   #140
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Re: Dr. Crusher or Pulaski

I've always quite liked Pulaski. She wasn't particularly nice to Data at first, but she didn't understand him properly. In later episodes such as Pen Pals and Samaritan Snare, she had come way past that attitude, which was commendable. I also enjoyed the relationship she had with Worf.

It's a shame that she was essentially a McCoy clone, as she had some decent stuff to do during her short stay. S1 Crusher vs. Pukaski is no contest - Pulaski wins hands down. Crusher became more interesting as the series went on.
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Old November 7 2012, 04:19 PM   #141
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Re: Dr. Crusher or Pulaski

I've just voted for Crusher. However, let me say that I've always appreciated Pulaski's stint on the Enterprise and agree that season one Crusher loses out to Pulaski. Still, as has been said above, Crusher gets better as the series goes on, and the fact that she's more familiar also counts, too (maybe unfortunately so).
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Old November 7 2012, 09:21 PM   #142
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Re: Dr. Crusher or Pulaski

Gotta go with Pulaski here. First season Crusher was a terrible Doctor. It seemed like she lost just about every patient who came through the Sickbay doors, and she was always running tests.

Pulaski didn't have the baggage with the captain or the kid, she was a professional who was one hell of a doctor.

When Crusher did come back, and they seemingly forgot Pulaksi was ever there, they pushed the Crusher/Picard romance full tilt, forcing chemistry where there was none. Think Troi and Worf, or Seven and Chakotay.

Without the "hotness" Crusher supposedly had, she would lose.
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